California Contractors Can Soon Do Business as LLCs

Newly chaptered SB 392 authorizes the issuance of a contractor’s license to a limited liability company (LLC), mirroring the provisions regulating contractor’s licenses issued to a corporation. This brings California into conformity with most states, which allow a LLC to hold a contractor’s license. Continue reading

Chelsea’s Law Goes Into Effect: Coming Down Hard on the Worst Child Molesters

As it says in his press release, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Chelsea’s Law, effective immediately, “to better protect California children from violent sexual predators.” Continue reading

In the Event of Death or Disability…

As part of your own planning, don’t forget that, as an attorney, you should designate someone to administer your practice if you are suddenly unable to do so. Your death or disability could leave your family members to deal with many tricky issues around your practice, including what happens to client files and funds on deposit in a trust account. Don’t worry though, these problems can be avoided easily and for free with the use of a surrogacy agreement, recently approved by the California State Bar Board of Governors. Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Alexander H. Lubarsky

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Alex Lubarsky:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Alex: My firm started as an immigration firm handling deportation defense because I had lived for a period of time in Northern Argentina and learned Spanish. We now offer criminal defense and debtor-side bankruptcy and have grown in the Asian and Russian communities due to attorneys and paralegals who are natives from those areas climbing aboard with us. I am a tech geek and have a concurrent career as an electronic discovery consultant.

CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?

Alex: California Criminal Law and Procedure – it has clarified what was a new and nebulous area of law. I study it before almost every appearance in the criminal courts. The forms manual companion has saved me (and my client) more than once. Continue reading

Don’t Check Your Ethics at the Virtual Door

Law firm and solo attorney websites can be effective ways to reach potential clients, but they also carry risks of ethical violations. To avoid these risks, California attorneys should consider both national and state ethics rules (i.e., Cal Rules of Prof Cond 1-400 and Bus & P C §§6157-6159.2) when designing their websites and corresponding with clients or prospective clients online. Continue reading

Privacy for Employees’ Personal Emails — It’s All in the Policy

Do you or your employees check personal email from work computers? Probably so, as most of us do it at least occasionally. Are those personal emails actually private? The law in California is clear that employers can limit or even completely prohibit personal and Internet use on company computers. See TBG Ins. Servs. Corp. v Superior Court (2002) 96 CA4th 443, 452, 117 CR2d 155. But what if the employer does not prohibit employees from making personal use of its computers — does the employee have any expectation of privacy in emails sent from his or her personal email account while on the company computer? Continue reading

Good News, Bad News for Foreclosed Homeowners

Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill with new antideficiency protection for foreclosed homeowners, but vetoed another. Interestingly, the governor acted contrary to expectations — the bill he vetoed was widely expected to pass, while the one he signed was considered a sleeper. Continue reading

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